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*Explosion rocks Ohanaeze secretariat* *Africa solidly behind Blatter, football officials say*

*Explosion rocks Ohanaeze secretariat* *Africa solidly behind Blatter, football officials say*

Sabinews Midday News Update for January 28, 2015MIDDAY NEWS


Explosion rocks Ohanaeze secretariat

Explosion Monday night rocked the Akanu Ibiam Auditorium of Ohanaeze National Secretariat at Park Avenue G.R.A. Enugu Enugu.

The blast ripped off the ceiling of the building.

Property including furniture and electrical appliances in the Auditorium were also destroyed by the explosion, suspected to be the handiwork of arsonists. Read more

Africa solidly behind Blatter, football officials say

Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association, on Tuesday said African countries would vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections.

Blatter faces four challengers in his bid for re-election on May 29, when he seeks a fifth term as FIFA President which will take him past his 80th birthday. Read more

PDM adopts Buhari as presidential candidate

The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Alhaji Bashir Ibrahim, said it had resolved to support the APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari at the February polls.

Ibrahim announced this during a news conference he jointly held with Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more

Ogun teachers call off strike

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ogun State chapter, on Tuesday, called off its 10-day old strike.

The decision was annouced after a meeting between the leadership of the union and representatives of the state government. Read more

Fashola condemns attack on Jonathan

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to dissociate himself from inflammatory and inciting statements being made in his name, noting that such statements could spur attacks against him.

Fashola was speaking on the backdrop of attacks on the President’s convoy in Bauchi State and other parts of the country, saying nobody has the right to attack the President. Read more

ISIS claims attack on Libyan hotel

At least 10 people and two attackers were killed in Tuesday’s attack against the luxurious Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, a spokesman for a security division of the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli said.

Five foreigners — one American, one French citizen, and three people from Tajikistan — were killed in the attack, Essam al-Naas said. Five Libyans were killed. Read more

NFF, Adepoju mourn Agbonivbare

The Nigerian Football family was on Tuesday thrown into another mourning mood following the death of former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Wilfred Agbonivbare, who died in Spain.

He died of cancer aged 48 in a Spain hospital. Only last Sunday, former Flying Eagles coach, Musa Abdullahi, died after suffering from stroke. Read more

Nigeria Military’s response to Boko Haram not working – US commander

Turning the tide against Boko Haram will require a “huge” international effort, a top US military commander warned on Tuesday, taking a swipe at Nigeria’s response to the emboldened extremists.

Relations between the Nigerian and US militaries have been strained with Nigeria cancelling training by US advisers of a unit that was supposed to fight the militants, who have captured towns and villages in the country’s northeast and vowed to create a hardline Islamic state. Read more

FOI Act too complicated, says NBA President

President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Augustine Alegeh, has described the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act signed into law by the Federal Government in June 2011 as complicated.

He said to create a better understanding of the law, stakeholders ought to sacrifice more time to study the Act for easy implementation. Read more

Kim Jong-un to visit Russia, say South Korean media

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has confirmed his attendance at Russia’s celebrations in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in the second world war, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday, quoting a Kremlin spokesman.

The trip, if it takes place, would be Kim’s first foreign visit since taking power in the reclusive state in 2011, and is likely to come before he visits China, the North’s main ally. Read more

Yemen’s Huthis free top presidential aide

Shiite militiamen freed Tuesday a top aide to Yemen’s president, whose kidnapping deepened the country’s crippling political crisis, said a person who helped mediate the release.

President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was handed over to a committee of mediators, 10 days after he was abducted, Hussam al-Shargabi said. Read more

Obama, Merkel want Russia held accountable for violence in Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their concern about Russia’s role in rising violence in eastern Ukraine in a phone call late on Tuesday and agreed on the need for funds to stabilise the Ukrainian economy.

The White House said both leaders were worried about “Russia’s materiel support for the separatists” and its failure to uphold a ceasefire agreement signed last September in Minsk. Read more

Pope Francis ’embraces transgender man in meeting at the Vatican’

Pope Francis has reportedly arranged to meet a transgender man at the Vatican, embraced him and told him that there is a place for him in the Catholic Church.

The reported meeting, described in an interview with the Spanish daily newspaper Hoy, would represent a significant step towards the recognition of LGBT people in Catholicism. Read more

Israeli Army: Missile Hits Army Vehicle by Lebanese Border

The Israeli military says an anti-tank missile has hit an Israeli military vehicle near the Israeli-Lebanese border.

It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. Read more



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